Posted: 6:30 am Monday, July 21st, 2014

Football Outsiders thinks Falcons will rebound! 

By Mark Bradley

A healthy Julio Jones could make a difference, don't you think? (Curtis Compton/AJC)

A healthy Julio Jones could make a difference, don’t you think? (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Recent appraisals of the Atlanta Falcons haven’t been kind. Pro Football Focus rated theirs the 30th-best roster in the 32-team NFL. In its yearbook, Sporting News ranked them third in the four-team NFC South and 24th in the whole wide NFL. But today we offer glad tidings from an improbable source.

A year ago, Football Outsiders sounded the earliest alarm that the 2013 season wouldn’t be kind to the Falcons, rating their “mean projection” at an NFC South-worst 7.6 wins, which sounded mighty low for a team that had just gone 13-3. (As it turned out, even Football Outsiders overclubbed. The Falcons went 4-12.) Earlier this year, Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders wrote, in a post for ESPN Insider, that the Falcons again have the lowest “mean projection” — 7.0 wins this time — among teams in the NFC South.

But wait! In another post for ESPN Insider, Vince Verhei of Football Outsiders offers this ray of hope: He lists the Falcons as one of three NFC teams — Tampa Bay and Washington are the others — that could surprise, and not in a bad way. If a numbers-based site that has never been high on the Falcons foresees a bounceback, shouldn’t this be cause for celebration in the red-brick building at 4400 Falcon Parkway?

Writes Verhei:

The Falcons lost seven games by eight points or less in 2013 and played without Julio Jones, their best player, for two-thirds of the season. With a depleted offense, Matt Ryan and Co. went up against one of the 10 most difficult defensive schedules in the past 25 years … With Jones back and first-round draft pick Jake Matthews solidifying the offensive line, Ryan — who is criminally underrated, by the way — should be able to lead the Falcons back into contention.

Not that I’m a numbers-cruncher, and not that I know much of anything about anything, but that’s essentially the basis for my belief that the 2014 Falcons will win 10 games and claim a wild card. As bad as the Falcons looked last season — and the November loss to a bad Tampa Bay team was truly wretched – we must remember that the season was done after the first five games, all of which were decided by eight points or fewer, four of which the Falcons lost.

I’ve talked to enough numbers-crunchers (not just in football) to know they put great stock in luck, and the evening-out thereof. Teams that win a bunch of close games one season aren’t apt to do it again. That’s one reason Football Outsiders was so leery of the Falcons in the first place: They’d gone an outrageous 29-12 in one-score games with Ryan as their quarterback.

Such a run wasn’t going to last forever, and it didn’t. But the Falcons probably aren’t going to go 4-7 in one-score games again this season. I don’t consider this a Super Bowl team, and without Sean Weatherspoon — already lost to injury — I’m thinking that I might dial my 10-6 forecast back to 9-7. But I don’t see the Falcons having another losing season. I do see them being in the playoff hunt. And Football Outsiders would seem to agree.

72 comments
DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

I THINK THEY CAN REBOUND, IF THEY CAN SOME HOW KEEP THEIR INJURIES TO A MINIMAL. BUT JULIO JONES MUST BE IN THE LINE-UP. HE OPENS UP SO MUCH ON THEIR OFFENSE. THE OFFENSIVE LINE HAS TO BE MUCH IMPROVED MOVING FORWARD. TOTOLIO HAS TO BE A GOOD BLOCKER UNLIKE TONY G. WAS LAST YEAR-- SURPRISINGLY HE MISSED TOO MANY BLOCKS. TOTOLIO WILL HAVE TO EARN THE CONFIDENCE OF THE COACHING STAFF. THEY WILL NEED A COUPLE OF SLEEPERS TO STEP-UP ON DEFENSE, STOPPING THE RUN AND GETTING A PASS RUSH WILL BE CRUCIAL......

EricEllis
EricEllis

The Falcons are vastly underrated this year in my opinion.  The first half of last year they were very competitive (they really should've won the first Saints game, the Dolphins game, and the Patriots game).  Had that happened the entire season would have been different.  Not to mention the fact that getting rid of Clabo when Holmes was clearly not ready seriously sunk the O-Line (with Baker out as well).  They also never really had a healthy Roddy White and Harry Douglas and Tony Gonzalez basically became Ryan's ONLY weapons as the line couldn't block for an injured Jackson.  2013 really was a perfect storm of bad luck, injuries and too much reliance on rookies and younger players.


The thing is though, this year all of that is fixed (provided they don't get hit by the injury bug again).  Matthews should be an immediate impact-player at RT tackle and Sam Baker is healthy again at LT tackle.  Asamoah is a major upgrade at RT Guard and Hawley and Blaylock are very solid at Center and LT Guard respectively.  Having a real NFL O-Line up front should solve all the other offensive problems from last year.  Stephen Jackson will be healthy and he showed late last year once healthy that he still has plenty left in the tank.  if not, the rookie Freeman has been impressing a lot of people in training camp and there is still Rodgers as well.  Julio Jones should be back to being the second best WR in the league and if Roddy White stays healthy they will once again be the first or second best tandem in the NFL.  The loss of Gonzalez will hurt but Toilolo has the physical attributes to be a fantastic red zone and 3rd down TE.  Douglas really blossomed last year and I expect him to be a totally different player in the slot this year as opposed to years past.


On defense this team had a lot working against it last year.  First, they lost Biermann early on for the season.  They also lost Weatherspoon and had to rely on two rookie LB's as well as two rookie starting CB's!  Given that, it is amazing they played as well as they did!  This year Trufant and Alford return with a full season under their belts and many experts have begun whispering that this could be the top young up and coming CB tandem in the league after their impressive showing last year.  William Moore remains a very solid Safety and Lowery should be an upgrade over the poor tackling Decoud.  Worrilow and Bartu will again have to shoulder the load at LB (Weatherspoon's promising career appears to be on the ropes due to injuries) but they were very impressive as undrafted rookies last year and I expect both to mature into very solid starters in this league.  Shembo is intriguing as well as a rookie.  Up front things will be all over the place!  Nolan finally has the pieces to pull off the 3-4 and Solai in the middle will immediately make the run defense better.  Peters and Babineaux return giving the Falcons a formidable presence in the middle and Tyson Jackson will add speed along with the return of Biermann outside.  On paper this defense looks to be much improved.


Special Teams will remain solid in the kicking game with Bryant being a very dependable field goal specialist and Bosher remaining one of the top 5 punters in the league.  The addition of Hester to return kicks is a major move for this team as he still has plenty left in the tank and they really haven't had any sort of kick return threat in several years.


Coaching should also be improved as Nolan finally has the right pieces to run the defense he wants and Koetter will have a much more capable line up front this year giving him and Ryan time to do the things they want to offensively.  Do not underestimate the addition of Mike Tice as the O-Line Coach either.  They are far more talented up front than last year but the presence of Tice in training camp and on the sidelines will have an immediate impact on these offensive linemen.  I expect this unit to be one of the best in the NFL this year provided Sam Baker returns to 2012 form.  Bryan Cox should do much the same for the defensive line.  While there is admittedly no one on the roster that is a legitimate sack leader (Umenyiora should do well in his pass rushing role) there are a ton of young and fast outside guys and big and tough inside guys to move around and create sacks by committee and Cox is smart enough to have them playing to win.


The 2014 Falcons are being overlooked because they had such a down year last year but this is a much improved squad from the 2012 team that finished 10 yards from a SB berth.  There is no reason on earth to think that they can't win a championship this year provided they stay healthy and have just a modicum of good luck.

HopelessinAtlanta
HopelessinAtlanta

If I recall the predictions for the Falcons following the Vick/Petrino crap year were extremely dire - with predictions of a long rebuilding process taking many years - how did that work out? These so called experts love to spit on a team when they're down because no one will hold them accountable and truth be told no one should care  - I don't - cause they're just out to make a buck by stirring up the crap.

Punch em in the mouth Falcons.

LakeDawg
LakeDawg

The Falcons are still a couple of linemen away...does Dimitroff even understand football. 6-10 to 7-9.

gfw
gfw

"Falcons bound to be better, right?" 


Yeah, probably so.  Since all they have to do to be better is win 5 games, sure, why not?   I guessing 8-8 at best, probably 6-10 or 7-9.  But one or two key injuries and we might be right back to 2013.  Both lines give cause for concern.  LBs give great cause for concern.

The Dimitroff era: not a good time to be a Falcons fan.

Blasingame
Blasingame

Is the defensive line any better?  How about the linebackers, safeties and corners?  Hopefully, the offensive line will be improved; but, there is no guarantee.  The Falcons front office is way too concerned with flashy "skill position" players to the serious detriment of playing the game.  Julio still costs the Birds; at best, they'll be .500.  More likely, they end up 7-9 or 6-10.  No playoffs this year, either.  Hey T.D.!  Start looking at the men who actually do the work on the field or there is no future for his franchise.

Intruder
Intruder

Blank says they better be tougher. Tougher is better.

Btown3
Btown3

Here we go again. All of these Nostradamuses. These so called experts, and FALCONS haters. The FALCONS will be alright. It was a season full of everything, but it's gone. They've made improvement on both side of the ball, and they are going to add more once the preseason games are played. I've said this once and I'm saying it again. If you don't like the city or the teams, please leave, and stop watching the teams. Any team that went through what FALCONS went through would have been in the same situation. They played well with the team they had, but could not win the close games. This will change this year.

Mark, please save this post. The Falcons will be 13-3 at best, or 12-4. They will play in the NFC championship game, probably against Green Bay. This time we will get revenge for the playoff game about 3yrs ago or so.

Also, Matt Ryan will be the MVP. That's right Matt Ryan. I think last year was a great learning experience, which will catapult him into one of the best QB's this season. Book it!!! My only concern is Harry Douglas, and the lack of pass rush. The pass rush will get better throughout the season. I think Harry is inconsistent, and they need to release him. The Reddy kid should take his place.

atlfalconno1fan
atlfalconno1fan

just beat the hated overated New orlean stinkin aints sept 7 and i believe thier confidence will soar...I HATE THE sAINTS!!!

doggoneit
doggoneit

With the revamped O-line Matt Ryan is going to rape opposing defensives

RickyBobby
RickyBobby

The dire predictions may come true but I'll be watching because I grew up with this team and I love the NFL.  Sunday afternoon football rocks no matter how average the home team. 

LostGoat
LostGoat

matt julio and roddy will light it up big for huge points this year----these little DBs on the saints and panthers can't match up!  On sept 7, ATL will beat the saints like a rented mule!

JSSN
JSSN

Fools gold, they weren't in the New England or really the Jets games as as those teams let off the pedal. Those wins over Buffalo and Washington, well there is your evening out of the percentages right there! Do you really want to think out not beating a team that took a QB off the street in that Green Bay.game. They tried everything short of Buffalo to give it to the Falcons and they utterly botched it! The baseline is 8-8, they are going to win a few they have no business winning, but beyond that, the later the season runs and the more personnel packages are on video, Katie bar the door, and they have that AFC North sitting on the schedule. Ugh!

CowbellHell
CowbellHell

Both lines should be miles above where they were last year, we had every injury you can think of.  I think the team goes 9-7 w/possibility of being better if the OL jells.  Just with Decoud gone and massive Solai at the nose position our DL is way better.

UWGTrainer
UWGTrainer

I would be happy if we got to 8-8. I just dont trust the depth at O-line or D-line right now to hold up over the season. I think we will be better because I know the coaches and players are working hard just dont see the talent. I, however, do not think it is the coaches fault. You can only coach what is given to you by the Front Office. Hopefully I am wrong and we are better.  GO FALCONS!!! GO UWG WOLVES!!!!

CynthiaTuckerrhymeswith
CynthiaTuckerrhymeswith

The article is a joke,  The Falcons are a joke.  Anyone who'd pay to see them - travel down to that hole, pay that much to park, fear for their safety and their car's being there when they return...anyone willing to do that, well, good luck.

You'll need it.

The low-life ne'er-do-wells are just waiting to greet you...and that includes the ATL politicians (those suckers off the city's teat).

MikeGride
MikeGride

Anybody here that thinks this team is better than 6-10 or 7-9 at best is drinking homer cool-aid. The Panthers and Saints not only have better defenses, but maybe even better Quarterbacks. The Falcons defense is once again going to be horrendous. Easily the worst linebacking core in the NFL, with a Defensive line not far behind. Mike Smith's stellar 1-4 postseason record speaks for itself. This will obviously be his last year.

Wilbo
Wilbo

9-7


What our 2 mental giant bloggers don't have the intellectual capacity to comprehend is the concept of championship spirit. The Braves don't have it. The Hawks don't have it. The Falcons don't have it, and all 3 organizations will continue as they have done for decades to wilt like steamed spinach when they meet determined teams in crucial games. A player here or there isn't going to make any substantial difference until organizational attitude changes. We have 3 pro sports teams who don't have the intestinal fortitude to win when the big prize is on the line, and the near loss to Seattle and the following loss to the 9'ers when the Falcons basically had a Super Bowl appearance in the bag, and last year's debacle are the indisputable evidence of the emotional weakness of the Atlanta Falcons. They're not going to recover any time soon. They may almost have to talent to go 10-6 and playoffs, but they don't have the guts.


They will find a way to lose the big ones.

MikeS777
MikeS777

I'd love to believe this.  I really would, but I need to see the line play first on both sides of the ball.  That's as much to do with the Falcons losses last year as anything.  Their lines were absolutely terrible.  They lost games they had no business losing.  Miami, the Jets, Tampa Bay, Green Bay without Aaron Rodgers...win those games and they are 8-8.  Not a playoff team, but not bad considering the massive injuries they suffered.

To me last year was due to selling out to stars at the skill positions while not taking care of the lines.  They go get Umenyiora, but then got rid of Abraham as if that was going to solve anything.  They did a terrible job with replacements on the O line.  Then they got rid of Grimes and Robinson who masked a lot of the D line issues from the year before.  All this because they had Ryan, Jones, White, Gonzales, and Ricky Jackson lol

seminoleking
seminoleking

to be honest, and keeping it REAL, the falcons were never as good as advertised, nor were they a bad team. really, the whole time under smith they have been a over achieving 500 ball club. football isnt hard to figure out. if you run the ball and control the clock, and play solid defense, you will be IN games late and usually will have a lead and hold on to it. the falcons were on their way to being that type of club, then panicked after that green bay playoff beatdown, and became strictly a finesse team. they started winning on the talent at the offensive skill poistions, but the lines became garbage. i see them still playing catch up as they try and retool and go about 9 and 7 like mark predicted above.......

EricEllis
EricEllis

@DarlaLewis


Don't worry, JJ will be back and remains the second best WR in the league behind only Calvin Johnson.  The O-Line is massively better this year with the addition of Matthews at RT tackle and Asamoah at guard.  The right side of the line last years was a train wreck with Holmes not knowing where he was and a bunch of backups trying to start at guard.  They also have Baker healthy again so there's no reason to think he won't be back to 2012 form this season.  Toilolo really needs to focus on using his size to become a red zone and 3rd down go-to for Matt Ryan.  At nearly 7 feet he is the tallest TE in the league and should be near uncoverable in the end zone.


Defensively they have added the right pieces to facilitate the 3-4 with Soliai the anchor at NT and Jackson, Biermann, Umenyiora, Goodman, Massaquoi, and Maponga able to pin the ears back and get after the QB.  Babineaux and Peters will also be a big help stuffing the run.  Worrilow was a revelation last year at LB and hopefully Shembo has similar success as a rookie.  I'm really excited to see how this secondary looks with a full year under the belts of Trufant and Alford!  They could become the new shut down CB tandem in the league if things continue where they left off last year and Moore of course is as solid a safety as you can get.  I personally really love McClain at the nickel as well (ever since that INT he got against Manning in the Broncos game back in 2012).

DawgNole
DawgNole

@DarlaLewis

EVERY team has injuries. Pinning your potential success on avoiding them is a recipe for failure.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@EricEllis

SHOULD've . . .

Had that happened . . .

PROVIDED they don't get hit . . .

SHOULD solve . . .

SHOULD be back . . .

IF Roddy White stays healthy . . .

Has the physical attributes to be . . .

I EXPECT him to be . . .

This COULD be . . .

SHOULD be an upgrade . . .

I EXPECT both to mature . . .

Intriguing . . .

Has the pieces . . .

ON PAPER . . .

SHOULD also be improved . . .

Has the right pieces . . .

Much more CAPABLE . . . 

I EXPECT this unit . . .

PROVIDED Sam Baker returns . . .

Bryan Cox SHOULD . . .

Umenyiora SHOULD . . .

PROVIDED they stay healthy . . .

Just a modicum of good LUCK . . .

______________________________

Yes, you indeed provided every bit of that solid, convincing, definitive evidence of "Super Bowl, here we come!" in your long-winded, delusional, excuse-making post about our Falcons.

Do you finally see a pattern here now, EE?

We can only hope so.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@HopelessinAtlanta

Well, how DID that work out, genius?

The best measure of how it worked out is playoff success. Would you care to share with the rest of us how well that has "worked out" for the Falcons?

Didn't think so.

EricEllis
EricEllis

@gfw Um, other than the 5 straight winning seasons and 4 playoff berths and 2 NFC South Championships, right?  SMH...

EricEllis
EricEllis

@Blasingame


Read my post above.  The offensive line is MASSIVELY improved this year.  It does hinge on the return of Baker to be fair, but I see no reason why he can't return to 2012 form when he was one of the better LT Tackles in the league.  If he stays healthy this line is in great shape with Matthews at RT Tackle.  Asamoah is a massive upgrade at RT Guard and Hawley and Blalock were the solid players on last year's squad.

MikeGride
MikeGride

@Btown3  Now this is hilarious!!!!! With the worst defense in the NFL they are going to go 13-3??? LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Btown3

So you're happy with ONE championship in 159 seasons of pro sports competition since 1966, and you think we should share your joyous outlook or leave? Is that what you're saying?

You have pretty low standards--that much is clear.

Spencaman
Spencaman

@CynthiaTuckerrhymeswith You could not be more of a moron if you actually fell tripping going up the stairs of your mom's basement to grab another pack of smokes and some jerky.

CowbellHell
CowbellHell

@MikeGride the PANTHERS?!  with decoud in the back field and a completely new secondary and no will smith wtfe, we will pound the kitties this year mark my words.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Wilbo

Precisely.

ONE championship in 159 seasons of pro sports competition since 1966 says it all.

slydawg
slydawg

To be honest, both lines should be vastly improved but the team has no proven linebackers, a hole at safety, and no sure fire pass rushers. The blueprint this season will be the same as in the past: Get a lead, don't beat yourself, and hold on for dear life.

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

@seminoleking


Nice post but a few things if I may!  This team was not as good as the 14-2 record and not as bad as the 4-12 record.  I don't think the Falcons "panicked" as much as they tried to stay with the curve of the NFL when it became a passing league.  If you look at the NFL it became a league where you had to:


1. Throw the ball  a lot and have a QB who could do it.

2.  Have a mobile QB who could buy you 2 to 3 more seconds so a receiver could break lose and turn a 15 yard catch into a 45 yard gain.

3. Have a BEAST of a running game with a KILLER defense. 


If you take the last 3, 4, 5  SB Champions they fit into one of those three categories.  The Falcons have not had a good defense since Chuck Smith left.  Our mobile QB did not take the game serious when he was here, and the guy who they thought could go 23 for 29, 300 yards and 2 to 3 touchdowns on Sunday still had to see the wizard about that thing in his chest!  Don't get me wrong, what Ryan did last year behind that offensive line (not offense but offensive) and the lack of a running game was no less than a miracle! I think the $20 mill dollar man learned that he has to look down the barrel of a gun and take the shot sometimes!  


On to my prediction...if things go well, I think 10-6 is not out of the question.  The HOMER in me says if they get a few breaks and the D gels quickly, they could squeeze another win and perhaps go 11-5.  Now if things go bad we looking at 7-9 and the Falcons will lose games exactly how they lost them last year.  If that happens expect the "FACE" AKA Bill Cowher to be on speed dial and look for the boy genius Tommy D. to be replaced by Scot McCloughan, if they can pry him from Seattle! 

BigEnosBurdette
BigEnosBurdette

@seminoleking  Absolutely dead on critique. Ultimately it's all about who controls both lines. Same problem over in Athens

SaintsREAM
SaintsREAM

@seminoleking  This is the most accurate depiction of the Falcons I have read in a long time.  I totally agree.  They abandoned their identity after that Green Bay game.  8-8 this year will be an improvement worth appreciating.

EricEllis
EricEllis

@DawgNole


Lol, well I'm sorry I can't make definitive statements about a season that hasn't happened yet.  I must have misplaced my crystal ball somewhere!  Instead of being snarky and condescending, perhaps you can point to the specific parts of my "long-winded" post that were actually "delusional" and/or "excuse-making"?  Don't worry though, when the season gets going I'll be happy to remind you of what I said here a full two months before the season started and you can enjoy all the crow you'll be eating!


-EE

DawgNole
DawgNole

@EricEllis @gfw

And that translated to exactly WHAT in the postseason, when the games really matter? Duh!

Yeah, you just keep shaking that ignorant head while you try to figure out how to spin the answer to that one.

Btown3
Btown3

No not all. I've suffered through the years of the Hawks, Falcons, and Braves. Bobby Cox cost us at least two more World Series. Mike Fratello cost the Hawks chances to play in the Finals. Previous ownership cost the Falcons not to win. Looking at the Falcons schedule and if they stay healthy, it should be a good year. Carolina will take two steps back. Tampa has a new coach, so that's going to take awhile. New Orleans will be up and down. The other teams on their schedule have issues. I'm excited about Matthews, new OC, and Shembo. Also, I believe the free agents we picked up are going to help. The big fella (rookie DT) will be a huge pickup. I don't dwell on last year, it's gone. I think it's a soft schedule, and they are going to do great things. If they don't have any injuries. RISE UP!!! I can't wait.

JSSN
JSSN

@DawgNole @Btown3

That is what they were all saying before the Packers playoff game too! Oh, I have the screenshot. This never gets old!

MikeGride
MikeGride

@CowbellHell @MikeGride  I agree, DeCoud is going to be a huge bust for the Panthers. Why would the second best defensive team in the NFL last year pick up a schlep like him??? Very strange. But on the other hand, he will probably strive when surrounded with real talent.

JSSN
JSSN

@AnsweredTHIS @seminoleking

Scot McCloughan is not leaving Seattle for anything other than the Giants job. Cowher is done, let that man rest. 

Sorry, but they panicked. They never were serious about line play. They still are under the illusion that can get into gunfights with teams like the Packers (with a healthy Aaron Rodgers) and light them up when all things are equal. Ask yourself if you trust that?

EricEllis
EricEllis

@DawgNole @EricEllis @gfw


Seems to me that its a lot better than not even getting to the playoffs at all, isn't it genius.  Guess what, 31 other teams didn't win the SB last year either so i guess they ALL sucked right?  Moron...

DawgNole
DawgNole

@JSSN @DawgNole @Btown3

I wish dim bulbs like Btown3 were correct about the Falcons, but a near half-century of futility says otherwise--LOUDLY.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@CowbellHell @DawgNole @Wilbo

Cleveland's only slightly better in pro sports history--and a whole lot more miserable in winter.

Dumb suggestion.

And stop cheering so much.

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

@JSSN @AnsweredTHIS @seminoleking


I replied JSSN but the blog monster ate my post......sigh.


Quick summation...


Cowher has the football bug on him like a tick.  If the fit is right he will jump at it IMHO.


noticed I used IF with McCloughan.....


I dont trust nothing about this team just yet....they have a lot of proving to do...but I think they can prove some people wrong IF they get their HSit together............


Another IF... HAHAHAHAHA

Btown3
Btown3

You all are reacting over one season. Last year is over. Are there some concerns? YES!! But all teams have some issues right now. If all the acquisitions play like I think they are, I'm expecting big things. I don't listen to the naysayers. I look at their schedule, and it's not hard. I really believe Matt Ryan showed a lot through all the adversity, and it's going to show. I'm not a Matt Ryan fan, because of the bad decisions in previous years. But I think he 's going to put up big numbers this year, especially if Julio and crew stays healthy. I think Steve Jackson will have a good year. Don't forget about Hester. We haven't had a good punt/ kick returner since Deion. He's going to take some to the house, and he's going to put the offense in great field position.

The DIRTY BIRDS rise again. For those of you that don't believe me, I will be writing on these post after every game. Especially to you @JSSN. RISE UP!!!!

JSSN
JSSN

@AnsweredTHIS

If he didn't come back for a stacked Arizona job, he's not coming back. His daughters are his deet for that football tick. When Kaye Cowher died, it put the NFL on the way back burner. 

They will have to completely implode for Blank to can Dimitroff. I mean 1976 Tampa Bay implode! 

JSSN
JSSN

@Btown3

" I look at their schedule, and it's not hard."

DawgNole, what is missing here?

"We haven't had a good punt/ kick returner since Deion."

Oh heck no! Does Eric Metcalf know that? Does Tim Dwight know? Does Allen Rossum know that? Heck, did Eric Weems not go to a Pro Bowl as a returner? P-U!!! 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Btown3

Writing on these "post"? LOL

Nah, you'll just be rationalizing and making excuses. "If" seems to be one of your favorite words.

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

@JSSN @AnsweredTHIS


Arizona was to far west I think when his daughters were on the east coast.  


Implode...heck I thought that is what they did last year 12-4 NFC Championship to 4-12 outhouse championship bowl.


Its funny I always think of the little gerbil on the Sprint commercial when he tells the lady "those tacos wont eat themselves" and she replies "oooooo tacos"


To put a spin on those commercials....."those PSL wont sale themselves" AB replies "ooooooo PSL's"!   He is gone if this team does not make the playoffs this year and make noise in the playoffs.  

JSSN
JSSN

@AnsweredTHIS 

Charlotte is way closer than Atlanta, he turned that one down too. Arthur is counting on 'Hard Knocks' to change public perception of his franchise. Yep, I'm laughing too!